Prowse, Daniel Woodley
Daniel Woodley Prowse, judge, publicist, historian (b at Port de Grave, Nfld 12 Sept 1834; d at St John's 27 Jan 1914). Educated in St John's and Liverpool, England, Prowse was called to the Newfoundland Bar in 1859. He practised law and served as a member of the Legislative Assembly between 1861 and 1869, when he was appointed a judge of the Circuit Court and later of the Central District Court. An experienced if sometimes eccentric justice and an indefatigable publicist of Newfoundland, he was a prolific journalist in local, American and British journals and wrote Manual for Magistrates in Newfoundland (1877), Newfoundland Guide Book (1905) and A History of Newfoundland (1895), still the most comprehensive general history of the Island and the first to be written "from the English, Colonial, and Foreign Records."